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† R.I.P. Dark Fortress 1994-2023 †

Hard to believe it’s done. We are humbled about the overwhelming response to our final tour! Nearly all shows were absolutely packed with the most loyal, most passionate and most far-traveled fans imaginable. Seeing all of you go crazy every night, some of you at multiple shows (you know who you are!) has been a mind-blowing experience and a humongous final present to us, and we thank you from the bottom of our rotten souls for reminding us of the legacy we’re leaving behind after three decades of refusing to quit.
We also bow to our dear friends from The Spirit and Asphagor, our excellent crew, our world-class sessionists and ex-members, the bus drivers, and the local staff at the venues who often went above and beyond to take care of us.

We couldn’t have wished for a better way to end this massive chapter in our lives, and we’ll never forget the last two weeks thanks to all of you.

Forever Yours,
Asvargr, Morean, V Santura and Phenex

Dark Fortress announce their final tour

Come and let’s celebrate one more time. This will be your last chance to see Dark Fortress live:

03.05.2022 – Saarbrücken, DE, Garage – tickets
04.05.2022 – Aarau, CH, Kiff – tickets
05.05.2022 – Paris, FR, Backstage – tickets
06.05.2022 – Gent, BE, Asgaard – tickets
07.05.2022 – London, UK, Boston Music Room – tickets
08.05.2022 – Rotterdam, NL, Baroeg – tickets
09.05.2022 – Bochum, DE, Matrix – tickets
10.05.2022 – Berlin, DE, Hole 44 – tickets
11.05.2022 – Leipzig, DE, Hellraiser – tickets
12.05.2022 – Wroclaw, PL, Łącznik – tickets
13.05.2022 – Wien, AT, Viper Room – tickets
14.05.2022 – München, DE, Backstage – tickets

Séance to be rereleased on Vinyl

Our classic 4th album „Séance“ (originally released in 2006) will be re-released on Vinyl via Seven Mater records! Release date is the 10th of July 2022.
The album comes out as a deluxe Triple Gatefold edition in two colors (Gold and Red), each color limited to 500 unites. There is also a special limited Metal Box edition of 60 copies for the collectors (Gold Vinyl).
More information on and

California Deathfest

“We can hardly believe it, but California Deathfest seems to happen for real next weekend! But not only because of the (obvious) circumstances California Deathfest will be a very special and meaningful show for us: This is our first show in over 2 ½ years, our first show in the United States ever, the very first show for our latest album „Spectres from the Old World“ and… also the last show of our drummer Seraph who has been our brother in crime for the last two decades:

Actually Seraph had „(in)officially“ left the band already after the recordings of „Spectres from the Old World“ and our good friend Hannes Grossmann was supposed to play all upcoming shows. But due to an injury Hannes was forced to cancel California Deathfest which at first seemed to leave us in a desperate situation regarding the show. Fortunately, Seraph, despite already having left the band, proved again that he is a fantastic guy and loyal friend and stepped in for Hannes. I see this situation with a laughing and a crying eye: On the one hand it is a pity that Hannes can’t be with us, on the other hand we are also excited to play one more time with Seraph and give him a proper farewell. And I think playing our first show on „the other side“ of the Atlantic in the City of Angels is a pretty great setting for a proper farewell. Seraph, we bow to you, and thank you for 2 decades of awesomeness!”

V.Santura/Dark Fortress

Dark Fortress forced to cancel the upcoming “Spectres from the Old World” release shows in March!

“Yesterday our show in Rotterdam officially got canceled due to the prevailing situation regarding the spread of Covid-19, today the show in Munich… It is just a matter of time until every show will be down, so under the current circumstances of event size restrictions and a growing number of travel bans which affect some members of the band already, it simply doesn’t make any sense trying to tour at the moment, therefore we have no other choice than canceling the whole tour. Of course we are disappointed and cannot wait to finally get back on stage, especially after the amazing feedback our new album has received so far, but this is a force majeure… We can only hope that the situation will calm down in the upcoming weeks and months and that we will be able to tour in October as planned.”

V. Santura/Dark Fortress

DARK FORTRESS release “Pulling at Threads” taken from “Spectres from the Old World”

Venerated black metal specialists DARK FORTRESS return with a new album, “Spectres from the Old World”, on February 28th, 2020. For a first taste check out a semi-static clip for the song “Pulling at Threads” here:

“Spectres from the Old World” is more direct, more aggressive than its predecessors. At no time in DARK FORTRESS’history have they reached so far out into the darkness, only to find the domine of astronomy non-existent, the end merely an end. Recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by V. Santura at Woodshed Studios throughout 2019, “Spectres from the Old World” marks an important milestone in DARK FORTRESS’ journey along actual and spiritual left-hand paths.

Glimpse into the endless black of the universe on “Spectres from the Old World”, which is available in the following formats:
Ltd. CD Mediabook (ouside of North America)
CD Digipak (North America)
Gatefold black 2LP
100x Gatefold transparent blue 2LP – via the CM Distro Onlineshop
200x Gatefold transparent petrol green 2LP – via CM Distro
200x Gatefold transparent magenta 2LP – via EMP and Nuclear Blast
Digital Album
You can pre-order the album directly at the band’s own webshop: or here:

DARK FORTRESS have confirmed the following shows a month after “Spectres from the Old World” is released:
26.03.20 (DE) Munich – Feierwerk
27.03.20 (CH) Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
28.03.20 (DE) Bochum – Matrix
29.03.20 (NL) Rotterdam – Baroeg

Morean comments: “To celebrate the release of our eighth studio album “Spectres from the Old World”, we are happy to announce a handful of release shows next spring in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. More dates later in the year to come. Hope to see you there!”

The following festivals are announced as well:
11.04.20 (NO) Oslo – Inferno Festival
24.05.20 (USA) Baltimore – Maryland Deathfest
27/28.06.20 (USA) Los Angeles – California Deathfest
23.07.20 (SK) Drevenice Reviste – Gothoom Festival
28.07.20 (SVN) Tolmin � Metaldays

Dark Fortress share the first details about “Spectres from the Old World”!

“Spectres from the Old World” is scheduled for a worldwide release on February 28th, 2020. The track listing reads as follows:

1. Nascence (Intro)
2. Coalescence
3. The Spider in the Web
4. Spectres from the Old World
5. Pali Aike
6. Pazuzu
7. Isa
8. Pulling at Threads
9. In Deepest Time
10. Penrose Procession (Interlude)
11. Swan Song
12. Nox Irae

First shows are already confirmed, more will be announced shortly:

11.04.20 (NO) Oslo – Inferno Festival
24.05.20 (USA) Baltimore – Maryland Deathfest
27/28.06.20 (USA) Los Angeles – California Deathfest
23.07.20 (SK) Drevenice Reviste – Gothoom Festival

Stab Wounds Re-Release!

The classic third DARK FORTRESS album, “Stab Wounds” (2004), will be re-released via Century Media Records on November 22nd, 2019.

“Stab Wounds” will be released as Gatefold 2LP, Limited Edition CD Digipak and digital album. Strictly limited silver vinyl (100 copies) and transparent blue (200 copies) are available at the Century Media Store

Order “Stab Wounds” here:

Upcoming album

We are currently putting finishing touches to our eighth studio album. V. Santura comments:

“We have been working intensely on our new album over various sessions in the last couple of months. The title will be “Spectres from the Old World”. We decided to keep quite silent and vague about the process but now the recordings are basically completed. We have just finished recording all of the lead vocals with Morean on Monday, and only a few last details and two guitar solos are missing. Again, I am blown away by the power and versatility of Morean’s vocals. “Spectres from the Old World” will probably be perceived as less “progressive” than its two predecessors “Venereal Dawn” and “Ylem”, but it is more compact, super intense and I love the sheer power and brutality it bursts forth.”

The album will be mixed and mastered in late October/early November by guitarist and producer V. Santura at Woodshed studio, Germany and released worlwide via Century Media in late February 2020. More news will follow.